NBA Standings: Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors Continue to Struggle Heading Into Second Half of Season

By Paul E. Davidson, Posted: 02/13/17 12:34PM EST

The Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors continue their struggles this season on Sunday night when they both lost their respective games. The Bulls were blown out by the Minnesota Timberwolves, while the Raptors lose a close one to the Detroit Pistons at home.

Chicago are in danger of missing the playoffs if they continue to slip in the NBA standings in the Eastern Conference. On the other hand, Toronto is currently fourth, but the Atlanta Hawks are poised to take over them.

Bulls Suffer Big Defeat in Minnesota

In their second meeting against Tom Thibodeau, the Bulls suffered a big defeat at the hands of the Timberwolves. Dwyane Wade (wrist) and Jimmy Butler (foot) were out for the game against Minnesota, Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Doug McDermott led the starters with 16 points, but he struggled shooting the ball at just 40 percent. Bobby Portis added 16 points and six rebounds off the bench, while Michael Carter-Williams had a solid game with 12 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals in the 117-89 defeat.

Chicago are now 0-2 against their former head coach and their struggles could lead to missing the playoffs for the second straight season. The Pistons are close to taking over the seventh place, while the Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks are not far behind.

Raptors Lose Close Game Against Pistons

The Raptors were the clear second-best team in the East at the start of the season. However, they have struggled since the start of 2017 and now they are in danger of being out of the top four in the NBA standings in the East.

Toronto lost another close game on Sunday, 102-101, against the Pistons at the Air Canada Centre. DeMar DeRozan missed the game-winner after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit the go-ahead three with 13.2 seconds left.

DeRozan had 26 points, seven rebounds and two assists, while Kyle Lowry only put up 15 points, six rebounds and five assists. Jonas Valanciunas added 17 points and nine rebounds, but it did not prevent the Raptors from losing the game.

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